We’ve dug up some interesting (and rather useful) facts about that magical box responsible for powering up your car.

Short trips are not enough

If you mostly drive short distances within the confines of a small or congested city, your car battery is constantly kept at a low charge. This leads to acid stratification and sulfation, which result in battery failure. To prevent this, keep your battery fully charged using a battery charger such as the C3/C7 Bosch Charger (this requires a power source).

Hot weather takes its toll

Heat accelerates the chemical reactions and increases the rate of corrosion within a battery, reducing up to half its potential lifespan. While this is largely unavoidable in our tropical climate, you can slow it down by parking in the shade and indoors whenever possible.

Beware the smell of rotten eggs

As a car battery contains sulphuric acid, it may vent a foul smelling gas (sulphur) when it has been internally shorted, frozen or overcharged. This can be dangerous as the sulphuric acid leaked may damage other car parts. We’d recommend that you get your battery checked out as soon as possible if you do catch the smell of rotten eggs wafting from beneath your bonnet.

You can use baking soda to prolong its life

Did you know that you can use baking soda mixed with a little water to clean corroded battery terminals? The alkaline baking soda helps neutralize the (foul smelling) sulphuric acid, making it easier to get rid of deposits and corrosion that prevents the battery from working optimally. This helps to keep your battery working in tip-top condition for longer.

They are the leading cause of car breakdowns

Battery trouble is one of the top reasons cited for emergency roadside assistance. Ensure that you use a reliable battery and perform regular checks to avoid getting into such a situation. #GetItRight #StartWithBosch